The Wuhan Files: Leaked Documents Prove China’s COVID Denial Policies

The COVID pandemic didn’t need to happen. Since the beginning, the Chinese government has outright rejected accusations of having deliberately concealed information related to the growth of the virus, decrying their critics as being dishonest obfuscators on the international stage.

In a stunning new report from CNN, however, official documents circulated within the party prove that China critically mishandled the early stages of the outbreak, as shown through findings leaked from Hubei’s Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Published under the name “The Wuhan Files”, the 117-page file marked as “internal document, please keep confidential” reveals the government suppressed evidence of rising cases and left virus hotspots undisclosed, as verified by six experts from the CDC.

The document presents us with a timeline from October 2019 to April 2020, revealing what CNN journalist Nick Paton Walsh described as an “inflexible health care system constrained by top-down bureaucracy and rigid procedures” that were simply “ill-equipped to deal with the emerging crisis.” On February 10th, for example, the Chinese authorities reported 2,478 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, raising the total global number to more than 40,000, with fewer than 400 cases occurring outside of mainland China. And yet the official documents obtained by CNN show that this was “only part of the picture” as local health authorities in the province of Hubei — the first area where coronavirus was detected — listed a total of 5,918 new cases of coronavirus, more than double the officially reported cases to the public.

At the time, this larger figure was never fully revealed, allowing government officials to attempt to downplay the severity of the outbreak. The documents show the clear contrast between the public and private positions of the Chinese government, who offered the world more optimistic data than what they actually had access to. This repression was especially true in March, back when The New York Times cited multiple Chinese sources who said that the government was conducting “organized police…



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